How to Tame the Monkey Mind half-day course

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

How to Tame the Monkey Mind half-day course Buddha called an uncontrolled mind a “monkey mind” precisely because it’s jumping all over the place from one object to the next. Our mind can only focus on one object at a time – so in multi-tasking the mind is simply moving rapidly from one object to ... Read more

$25

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

Saturday nite Dharma & a slice of cake | Sat 29 Jan | 7 – 8.30pm (cake & other goodies will be served from 8.30pm) Have you ever noticed the ‘playlist’ of thoughts in your mind? If we did, we would probably notice thoughts like ‘Poor me’, ‘I was here before them’, and ‘If I ... Read more

Amitayus Retreat

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

The retreat On this two day retreat we have the opportunity to increase our lifespan, merit and wisdom, through the special meditation practice of Buddha Amitayus. Our human life is our most precious possession, because it gives us the opportunity to improve ourselves and attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment. For those who wish to experience pure happiness, the ... Read more

Free

Freedom from Fear with Gen Rabten

FREEDOM FROM FEAR online event with Gen Rabten We have many fears-fear of death, fear of being separated from people we love, fear of losing control, fear of commitment, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of losing our job, the list is never-ending! On this half day course, Gen Kelsang Rabten will explain why ... Read more

Guru Yoga Mandala retreat

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

Guru yoga is a special method for receiving the blessings of our Spiritual Guide. All schools of Buddhism agree that the practice of Guru yoga, or relying upon a Spiritual Guide, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments. Mandala means pure universe. The purpose of making mandala offerings ... Read more

Free

Anger Management half-day course

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

Anger Management half-day course Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions, and it afflicts our mind almost every day. It is the source of so many of the relationship problems and conflicts we see in the world today. In the half day course, Resident Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon will explain how it’s ... Read more

$25

Rest & Relaxation weekend retreat @ Glenrock Lagoon Scout Camp

Glenrock Scout Centre Australia Hunter & Coastal Region Scouts, Rifle Rd., Whitebridge, NSW

The retreat conditions at Glenrock Lagoon Scout Camp provide a perfect opportunity to relax, unwind & enjoy the peace of meditation. During the retreat, Resident Teacher Kadam  Mick Marcon will explain the basics of meditation practice. Mick will guide each of the eight sessions over the weekend starting with an introduction on the Friday night. ... Read more

$220

Choose Happiness half-day course

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

Choose Happiness half-day course Each and every one of us has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Meditation presents the techniques for training the mind that we need in order to achieve this. By taking these methods to heart we can learn to choose happiness throughout our life. On this half day course ... Read more

$25

Refuge Retreat 2022

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

  The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is to go for refuge: to Buddha, to guide us along the spiritual path to enlightenment; to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) to protect us from fear and suffering; and to Sangha (those practising Buddha’s teachings) to inspire us, show a good example and to help us along the ... Read more

Free

Refuge Vows: Becoming a Buddhist

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

In this ceremony Resident Teacher, Kadam Mick will explain the practice of refuge and grant the Refuge Vows. By taking these vows we commit ourselves to finding happiness from within by relying upon Buddha, Dharma and Sangha throughout our life. Through this we enter into Buddhism and become a Buddhist. By learning to keep the ... Read more

Free

Offering Our Faith day retreat

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

Offering Our Faith day retreat On June 4th Turning the Wheel of Dharma day, we celebrate the birthday of Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. We remember every day the great kind- ness of Ven Geshe-la, our Root Guru & Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. In addition, this year on the 1st of May, with ... Read more

Free

Death & Impermanence day retreat

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW

Death & Impermanence In Great Beyond Sorrow Sutra  Buddha says:  ‘When many different animals have been in the field and have left their footprints, we see it is the elephant who leaves the deepest footprint. In a similar way, when we have practiced many different meditations we shall experience their effects; but it is the meditation on ... Read more

$55

Rest & Relaxation weekend retreat @ Glenrock Lagoon Scout Camp

Glenrock Scout Centre Australia Hunter & Coastal Region Scouts, Rifle Rd., Whitebridge, NSW

The retreat conditions at Glenrock Lagoon Scout Camp provide a perfect opportunity to relax, unwind & enjoy the peace of meditation. During the retreat, Resident Teacher Kadam  Mick Marcon will explain the basics of meditation practice. Mick will guide each of the eight sessions over the weekend starting with an introduction on the Friday night. ... Read more

$240

Day Courses

 

Take a day out to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhist teachings. Explore a specific topic in more detail at one of our monthly one-day meditation courses at held at our Centre or various locations throughout Newcastle

Day courses offer practical solutions to everyday problems of modern living and are suitable for everyone!

Courses consist of teachings and guided meditations. Refreshments are served between sessions.

 

 

 

What is Retreat?

In our busy modern life we lack the calm and stillness conducive to maintaining a happy and peaceful state of mind.  To regain a balance people are drawn to peaceful and quiet places where they can withdraw for a short time and renew their energy – in short, they go on retreat.  On retreat we devote our time to meditation and contemplation – it is a time to acquaint our minds with positive and meaningful thoughts.

“On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activ­ities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions. We engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.”

Excerpt From: The New Guide to Dakini Land – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso